Bodies in the Street

SekouFrom Rev.Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou in an interview with

The question I ask myself is ‘what does social justice as a spiritual discipline look like?’ Part of it looks like the way in which we do not become our oppressors. We do not take on their attributes. That we ‘envy not their ways.’ So I don’t want to tear gas children. I don’t want to lock up a generation. I don’t want to be part of an institution that has close to a thousand bases around the world, extracting natural resources, disciplining and punishing bodies and policing knowledge. I don’t want to do that. So for me, non-violence is part of that practice. It is not becoming them. Then we can sustain this movement…

…Twitter is not what shuts highways down. Twitter is not what interrupts presidential candidates. Twitter is not what makes the president have to meet with people. It is bodies in the street and young folks willing to sacrifice all.

…and the Movement today, the radical voices, are defined in a womanist, internationalist and queer politic which it wasn’t defined by in previous generations. There’s a different historical moment in that. To be sure, there were women (in the Movement in the past) who didn’t take no shit. Diane Nash didn’t take no shit. Ruby Doris Smith who ran the money for SNCC. She didn’t take no shit. There were women who emerged and of course who carried the work. But this Movement is primarily led by black women, and many of them are single mothers.

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